McNair to Hall: September 12, 1979


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Sept 12, 1979

Dear Don –

Jenny Joseph may have a reading at Colby
if she doesn’t mind a rather skimpy honorarium
of $50. The date and time: September 27 at
7:30 PM. I assume that the place will be
Alumnae lounge, where you read. I will let you
know soon.

I enclose a copy of “The Thin Man” – hope
you like it. I hope “Hair on Television” will
be ready soon.

More about the Joseph reading right away.
Please let me know if $50 is OK. Perhaps
I could get more if I were in charge
of reading this year, but I’m not, and $50
seems to be the limit.

Hello to Jane – Love,


–Inside every fat man is a thin man trying to get out.

Once in a mirror
as it folded hair
back from its face

he discovered his eyes
lonely, yearning.
This was the beginning

of his life
inside the body,
of standing deep in the legs

of it,
in its elbowless arms.

And when it walked
he walked,
and when it slept

he dreamed of drowning
under its lakes
of skin.

Oh the thin man
trying to get out
learned of its great

locked breasts
its seamless chin,
the dead ends

of its hands.
And oh the heavy body
took him

to tables
of food,
and took him down

into the groaning
carnal bed.
The pitiless body took him

to a mirror
which showed
the eyes

in a face
immense and dying,
who he was.